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Antique Car Shipping

When you think of the word antique, the word “old” probably comes to mind. This is not a wrong assumption, but when it comes to antique cars, you probably would never believe some of the cars you see on the road are considered antiques.

What is an Antique Car?

Most antique car dealers will classify an antique car as any vehicle that is over 45 years old from the date of manufacture. This means that a lot of these cars have had to be restored. Restoration often involves finding and changing expensive car parts. A lot of bodywork might have been necessary if it was a full restoration. This includes fixing the outside of the car. Paint jobs on antique cars are often custom. They require a particular style and grace.

Value of an Antique Car

You can put a monetary value on just about everything, but for an avid collector and restoration specialist, most antique cars are considered priceless. Restoration is expensive, especially when some parts may have become obsolete over the years. That is why Exotic Car Transport treats your antique car just like they would treat an exotic or luxury vehicle.

Highest Level of Protection

Most restoration specialists and antique car owners don’t want to drive the vehicle too much. This can bring down the value of the car and wear on parts that may not be easily obtainable. A popular method of getting these antique cars where they need to go is using enclosed transport trailers. Luckily, Exotic Car Transport has the experience required to ship these types of vehicles.

What is Enclosed Transport?

Antique cars require protection that keeps all sides of the vehicle safe. Enclosed shipping trailers are hard-sided trailers that protect vehicles from potential dangers that an open transport does not have the capability of doing.

Weather is often the biggest enemy of an antique car. Hail can damage not only the glass of the vehicle, but it can cause dents and scratch paint jobs. Exotic Car Transport does not have any way of controlling the weather, but we do have a way to protect your car from it with our enclosed trailers.

Enclosed transport trailers also utilize hydraulic lift systems that allow your vehicle to be lifted horizontally onto the trailer. The vehicle is then secured with soft-tie downs that fasten over the wheel, allowing the natural suspension movement during transport. This helps reduce strain from traditional tie-down methods.

Extensive Coverage on the Road

Enclosed transport trailers have a more comprehensive insurance policy coverage. Most enclosed transports are reserved for higher-valued vehicles, which requires a higher level of insurance coverage.

Besides our comprehensive insurance, enclosed trailer drivers are highly skilled in this specific type of transport. It takes special operations training for the specialized equipment utilized in an enclosed transport.

Pricing for Antique Car Shipping

Enclosed transport shipping is a little more expensive than using an open transport trailer. The trailer itself costs more to purchase and maintain than an open transport trailer. The equipment in an enclosed transport trailer is also specialized for higher-end vehicles and their components.

Comprehensive insurance also plays a role in the pricing of the shipment. This is only to help keep your assets covered at higher-values.

Just like open transport, some specifics will determine the amount shipping your antique car will cost. To help with establishing an accurate quote, make sure you have all special information and circumstances ready when calling.

  • Description of the antique car
    • The information that we find most helpful is the year, make, and model. The information helps us determine the size and weight of the vehicle. Modifications are also important, especially for shipping outside of the country.
  • Pick-up and drop-off information
    • When requesting door-to-door service, the most accurate quotes are ones that have specific addresses included. Even a difference in a few miles can change a price quote.
  • When you need the shipment
    • Time can play a huge factor in pricing. The sooner that you need the shipment done, the more you can expect to pay. Expedited shipping is available, but at a cost. The season you are shipping in also fluctuates the price.

This information can help you get the most accurate quote possible for shipping your antique car. We offer a variety of shipping methods, even with the enclosed transport services.

  • Door-to-door
    • One of the more popular choices in antique car shipping, door-to-door, is when you give us the point of pick-up and the destination of the drop-off with no additional distance necessary for the vehicle.
  • Terminal shipping
    • If you are not in an extreme hurry for your vehicle, and you are okay with your vehicle being transported with a group, terminal shipping is a more cost-effective solution. When you make a terminal shipment, you drop your car off at a specified shipping terminal. These are generally found in larger cities. Your antique car will then be loaded and transported to another terminal that is closest to the location where you want it shipped to. You would then go to the terminal, verify the vehicle is yours, and take possession of it.

Terminal shipping can be a cheaper option, only because it is a bulk shipment. One enclosed trailer is shipping multiple vehicles to one set location. This reduces the gas and mileage required and is often calculated based on the vehicles.

Antique Car Shipping Done Right

Exotic Car Transport takes pride in its exceptional shipping record and reputation. Using enclosed transport trailers to ship your antique car safely is a priority for our team. Our experienced drivers are leaders in the industry and understand the value of your restoration.

If you are looking for the best company to ship your antique car where you need it to go, Exotic Car Transport has all of your needs taken care of in one place. You will be a part of the shipping process from the quote until your car is delivered in the same condition it was in when we picked it up. That’s a promise you can rely on.

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What is the Cost of Exotic Auto Shipping?

You have finally landed the car of your dreams, but it is thousands of miles away. You don’t have the time available for a trip to the car and then drive it back. If you did that, you would also have to worry about what happens if trouble arises on the trip back home. So what is your best option for getting your new vehicle home?

Shipping an exotic car takes a softer touch than a traditional automotive shipment. Exotic Car Transport offers just the right service at the best costs in the industry.

What is Considered an Exotic Car?

Exotic cars are considered a branch of luxury vehicles. The exact definition of what to consider an exotic car can be up for debate. You can scour the internet looking for the definition of exotic cars, but chances are no one agrees.

The first step to identifying the exotic in exotic cars is to look at the definition of exotic.

  • From another part of the world
  • Intriguing, unusual, or different

Doesn’t leave a whole lot to the imagination considering a lot of cars are made in other parts of the world.

The second step is defining characteristics that almost all exotic cars have in common.

  • Prices that are unaffordable to the general public
  • Driving performance that matches those prices
  • Unique design characteristics that make them easy to pinpoint on the roadway
  • Only the highest quality of materials are used in their manufacturing
  • They are sized and shaped to put performance first-most of these vehicles are two-seaters or a coup
  • Most of these exotic cars are available in limited quantities
  • Supercharged-these are fast vehicles, and they can reach speeds over 140 mph
  • Generally found in black, silver, red, yellow, or white

Finally, let us look at some examples of exotic cars.

  • Lamborghini
  • Lotus
  • Bugatti
  • Aston Martin
  • And many others

What is Involved in Exotic Car Shipping?

For most vehicles, open transport options are the cheapest transport option available. When considering an exotic car, open transport is not recommended. We offer closed transport containers to keep your vehicle safe at all times while getting it to your desired destination point.

Closed Transport Option

Closed transport options are also referred to as “enclosed” transport. This option is ideal for vehicles that are more expensive, like exotic cars, or ones that need to be protected from potential weather elements during transport.

Exotic Car Transport uses tie-down systems that allow the natural suspension of your vehicle to move with the transport truck. By using the exotic car’s natural suspension, it creates less strain on the vehicle during the transport process.

Preparing Exotic Cars for Transport

There are certain protocols that you are going to want to follow when transporting your vehicle with a carrier like Exotic Car Transport. These not only help with the transport of the vehicle, but can serve as a personal record for yourself as well.

  1. Make sure you wash the vehicle. If you are taking your exotic car over national borders, they may want it to be free of foreign soil contaminants. Completion of this step before transport will alleviate a situation with Customs later on.
  2. Visually inspect your exotic car and take photographs. Although we guarantee that your vehicle will reach the final destination in the same condition, it was in when you shipped it, and some people like to take pictures of their exotic cars to verify this.
  3. Carry out maintenance before shipping your vehicle. It could be a safety hazard if you used closed transport services and your vehicle leaks. Make sure that the vehicle is in top condition before shipping. Your gas tank level should only be around a quarter of a tank during transport. DO NOT FILL UP BEFORE SHIPPING.
  4. Take unnecessary personal items out of your exotic car. Your empty drive-thru food bags and beverage cups should not remain in your car during transport. Just remember that anything that is not secured down could shift or move during transport. You will need to leave information about the vehicle inside and the license plate attached.
  5. Make notes of any special driving or mechanical issues with the vehicle. Your car will be driven minimally during the transport process, but if the driver does not know you have to jiggle the key a certain way or quirks with the clutch, they may have problems.

Pricing for Closed Transport of Exotic Cars

You know the value of your exotic car, and so do we. That is why using closed transport is a little more expensive than other means of transport. Exotic Car Transport specializes in the transport services for exotic cars. We understand the value and appreciate the integrity of your vehicle.

Since exotic cars require a more exquisite touch when transporting, we use only the best, and you should not expect any less than that. All prices below are approximate and reflect an overall assumption about the vehicle transported. For a more personal quote, please call our offices.

For an across country trip, Los Angeles to New York, for example, you could be looking at a total of $2200 from start to finish. This includes the closed transport and all the details of transport.

From Houston to Miami, shipping an exotic car could run close to $1000. From Miami to New York could run $1140. The critical thing to remember is the mileage is essential in calculating the price. Other factors can fluctuate your cost, like the time it will take to ship the car and gas prices.

Receiving a Quote

Exotic Car Transport has been the first choice in exotic transport since 1986. We provide safe and timely transport for your exotic car while using professionalism and care for your prized possessions.

We offer you uniquely crafted quotes based on your vehicle and destination. At Exotic Car Transport, you are getting the most competitive prices in the industry for door-to-door transport. So why put it off any longer? If you need your exotic car shipped, call Exotic Car Transport today for your no-obligation quote.